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Monday, September 25, 2017

Marvel Canadian Variant Key Comics & More Part G


Some like Canadian price variants or "editions" and some could care less for them. I am on the side where I do like to pick them up when I come across them, and like U.S. direct or newsstands, it does depend on the price or deal I find them at.

I don't pick up every one I come across and am pretty selective. G.I. Joe A Real American Hero are some that I would actually consider, but would be just as happy with U.S. direct and newsstands.

I grew up on the Joes - from the action figures to the cartoon to the comics. If we're talking about the actual comics, there is a lot of G.I. Joe mythos that was created by Marvel and namely Larry Hama.

Larry Hama got the gig to write the G.I. Joe A Real American Hero comic series after other writers had turned the job down. Wow, are you serious? That would be a dream job for a lot of fans today.

Not only did Larry Hama help to create the stories for the comics, this genius also wrote a majority of the file cards for the toys. Yes, those bios that you saw on the toy packages or "cards".

Hama gave us strong and competent female characters like Lady Jaye, Cover Girl and Scarlett, in which Scarlett's personality was supposedly based on his wife. He also created the back mythos for both Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow.

The outro of Part G to this Marvel Canadian price variants list that covers mainly keys and other issues will cover a little more about Larry Hama. This link will bring you back to Part D-F, but if you're read to go, here's more Marvel Canadian price variants.







G.I. JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO MARVEL CANADIAN VARIANTS KEY COMICS & OTHER ISSUES




G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #5

Newsstand
G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #5
Direct Market
G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #6

1st Oktober Guard



Issue #5 supposedly had both Canadian direct market and newssstand copies. I am not sure how many issues this occurred where there are both Canadian direct and news price variants, but there are apparently Archie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles issues that both have Canadian direct market and newsstand price variants.



G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #10

1st Doc Venom


G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #11
Intro Destro?
1st Airborne, Doc, Gung-Ho
1st Snow Job & Wild Bill
G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #13
1st cameo of Destro
1st Torpedo



So, it's widely known that Destro's 1st cameo is in issue #13 according to Overstreet, but the character is actually introduced as a "specialist" in issue #11. Bits and pieces of him are shown, i.e. like a glove, half his body, etc, but he is never revealed and often in shadow.

Still, you know it's him in that issue for sure and he does speak. No idea how Overstreet or CGC or CBCS are gonna change the notations when it comes to issue #11 and #13. 

Safe to say that issue #14 is definitely a 1st full appearance of him though.



G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #14

1st full Destro
1st Ace
G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #15
1st Major Bludd

G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #16
1st Cover Girl
1st Trip-Wire
 




G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #21

1st Storm Shadow
Silent issue
G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #22
1st Duke & Roadblock

G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #23
2nd Storm Shadow

 




G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #24

 1st cameo Zartan
3rd Storm Shadow
1st Storm Shadow cover
G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #25
1st full Zartan
1st Zartan cover
1st Cutter, Mutt & Junkyard
G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #26
Origin of Snake Eyes
Origin of Storm Shadow
1st Hardmaster



You see the 2nd G.I. Joe flick, G.I. Joe Retaliation? Remember the origin of Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes? Well, that was somewhat based on the actual comic issues of #26 and #27.

Issue #26 reveals that Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes met as U.S. soldiers in Vietnam, how Snake Eyes joins Storm Shadow's clan and trains, the rivalry that supposedly starts between the two, and how Storm Shadow is mistakenly the suspected killer of his uncle and head of the clan, the Hard Master.

In the end, it was Zartan who did it and that was revealed in issue #45. Although I didn't like the movie much, I thought that was really cool they threw that in the flick.

Issue #27 reveals that Storm Shadow did not kill his uncle, the Hard Master, and that he only joined the Cobra organization in order to find out who did. In terms of Snake Eyes, issue #27 reveals Scarlett's first meeting with Snake and how he is disfigured and becomes mute while saving Scarlett's life on a mission.

So issue #26 and #27 are must-haves for any G.I. Joe, Snake Eyes, and Storm Shadow fans. Issue #45 is a nice issue to have to round out how Snake, Storm, and Zartan are connected.


G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #27

1st origin Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow continues & concludes
G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #31
1st Spirit Iron-Knife

G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #32

1st Lady Jaye & Blowtorch
1st Recondo & Ripcord





G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #37
1st Tomax, Xamot, Flint and Footloose






G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #40

1st Shipwreck & Barbecue



G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #44
1st Doctor Mindbender
1st Heavy Metal, Airtight, Bazooka, Crank-Case, &
Battle Android Troopers
G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #45

Zartan revealed to be killer of Hard Master








G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #48
1st Sgt. Slaughter


G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #49
1st Slipstream, Lift-Ticket, Leatherneck & Serpentor






Who can forget when wrestling star Sgt. Slaughter became a G.I. Joe? I use to watch WWF and remember the character on both fronts. Hell, he was so popular during the time, G.I. Joe even used his persona for an action figure.

Then again, William "The Refrigerator" Perry was another "real life" person who had a G.I. Joe action figure and character based on them. I believe Marvel G.I. Joe's Canadian Newsstand variants began with issue #4 and lasted until issue #50.

Lots of great memories with this comic and the Hasbro toy as well.


GHOST RIDER CANADIAN VARIANTS


Ghost Rider #73
Ghost Rider #74
Ghost Rider #75
 




Ghost Rider #76
Ghost Rider #77
Ghost Rider #78




Ghost Rider #79
Ghost Rider #80

Ghost Rider #81





Alright, back to Larry Hama for a brief outro. I am a fan of this legend. Hama's likeness was used for the Joe action figure Tunnel Rat. Like the G.I. Joe character of Tunnel Rat, Hama himself was actually a firearms and explosive ordnance expert in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

If you ever wondered why there was a gritty realism to The 'Nam and even some military aspects of G.I. Joe to an extent, now you know. He was one of the editors for The 'Nam comics and was brought in for his knowledge and expertise.

The character of the Baroness - the most awesome, sexy, and badass villainess in the world of G.I. Joe - was created by Larry Hama and Don Perlin.

Baroness actually debuted in the comics (1st issue of G.I. Joe A Real American Hero) prior to ever becoming an action figure. Baroness is my favorite Cobra character.

Hama worked closely with Hasbro in creating many of the beloved characters that we are fans of today. In fact, Hasbro had little to no idea about story, so they called in Marvel to handle that end. As mentioned prior, he was the last writer Marvel asked because all the others turned it down.

He is the mastermind behind the actual "story" behind G.I. Joe and it's world and cast of characters.

Some of the characters he created were even named after men he served with and died in the line of duty. As I already mentioned, he is the reason why there was a large female fan base for the G.I. Joe comics.

He is the mastermind behind the Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow connection. If you ever happen to have Larry Hama at a local con, I'd be damn sure to stop by his table and meet this living legend.

Anyone know if G.I. Joe Special Missions had any Canadian price variants? Special thanks to Angelo Virone and Nate for their support and help with this.

<< PART D-F | PART H SOON >>




Sunday, September 24, 2017

My Favorite Comic Book Covers Part 1!


This was suggested by good ole JW, and I fully admit I was hesitant to do any of these top "favorite" covers lists that are pretty much biased and subjective. Okay, so lets' review the title in which it clearly states that these are "my favorite" covers.

Why are these my favorites I'm about to reveal? Well, there can be a plethora of reasons, but usually, it basically boils down to something that wowed me as a youngin' or straight out baffled me.

I'm pretty sure a lot of collectors have or maybe still do buy comics based on covers. As superficial as that sounds, it's pretty natural to be completely seduced by a comic cover enough to buy it since comics are a visual medium after all.

I admit, I was highly guilty of it. If I saw a cover that caught my attention, I was all over it like stink on doo doo.

Didn't really mean that the story inside was great. Sometimes it was and sometimes not so much.

This in no way has a hierarchy in terms of which cover I present before the other. I'm just rattling this off as I go along, and I do have a quite a bit of favorite covers that I've somewhat categorized in a way that makes sense to me but maybe not everyone . 

There will be more than 1 part to this, and this is just for fun.





CATWOMAN #51


Okay, when it comes to Adam Hughes and Catwoman covers, I really like a lot of them and they are my favorite from his body of work. I've already mentioned that I like the Audrey Hepburn looking ones, but I don't think this one is one of them.

Catwoman #51 is without a doubt my favorite and probably the favorite out of all them. It's an awesome cover and I mean that in terms of concept and execution.

A mug shot for a criminal? How basic is that, right?

We see this all the time on the news, in movies, in TV shows, but in comics? It's odd to think that no comic artist before ever thought to incorporate a cover of an iconic comic book villain taking a mug shot.

I mean, how do the villains of Gotham not constantly get caught with Batman crusading around?

I do suppose a police line up would be kinda useless, but it would be a funny image. Not like you wouldn't be able to tell the Joker between the Ridder, Penguin or Two-Face.

I also love how Catwoman's masquera is smeared and her hair is tussled. It's just a grungy looking picture that Adam Hughes somehow made sexy as hell.

Don't know if any cosplayer or cosplay photographer has tried to recreate a photo of this cover, but it would be pretty badass. Dayna Baby Lou or Mel-Meow?







DETECTIVE COMICS #576


Before McFarlane did his famous run on Amazing Spider-Man and even before the Incredible Hulk, Todd McFarlane did draw some Batman. The story was Year Two, the follow up to Frank Miller's Year One.

Oh, no, I'm not saying that this is the first McFarlane cover I laid eyes on. No, no, no! Amazing Spider-Man was where I discovered McFarlane and then worked back to Incredible Hulk and then learned that he did some Batman.

Pretty much a no-brainer: I like Batman and I like McFarlane. I will say that this is the first McFarlane Batman cover that blew me away.

Aside from being McFarlane, there's two other reasons why I loved this cover and still like gawking at it to this day. Todd really spent time in detailing Spidey's webs back in the day, and I really loved how he drew the torn piece of Bat's costume draped over the sickle.  

I loved the jagged detail he gave to that shredded part of Batman's costume, and I liked how he did the same with the Dark Knight's cape. I never saw that kind of detail put in those kind of mundane items in comics before and was wowed.

The 2nd thing that blew me away about this cover was the fact that Batman was using a gun. What the...?

Okay, I was a Batman fan prior to discovering that McFarlane did some Batman so I had read enough issues to know that guns were not a regular part of his weaponry. Seeing Bats use a gun or even pointing one was pretty new to me or I didn't remember seeing it before on a cover or in a story.

To me, there was this sense of urgency to the cover and a bit of mystery. I did not start off with the beginning of the story arc so I had no clue who was holding that sickle and presenting such a danger to Batman. I did want to find out though.

After this one, I read Detective Comics #575 and realized there was Bats holding a gun on the cover also. That issue's cover didn't wow me quite so much but I have loved the Reaper since. 

I guess, I could get into all the mamby-pamby, artsy-fartsy talk about composition but isn't that a given. I like how the scene is framed, and I'm pretty sure others do as well.








AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #238

 
Okay, I am making a conscious effort to get away from Batman-related books and veer off from Todd McFarlane. Most readers know I'm a Todd McFarlane fan, and I don't want to make Part 1 of this just about Batman or McFarlane.

Let's talk about a favorite cover I have yet to divulge, and that surely is Amazing Spider-Man #238. Now, I love me some Green Goblin, and that villain is still one of my favorites when it comes to the ole Web-Head.

However, while I thought Gobby was more creepy, I thought Hobgoblin looked a bit more menacing. I am not saying he was. I'm just saying appearance-wise.

When it comes to this cover, my first thought (ever) was that Hobgoblin looked pretty menacing. Actually, at first, I thought he was actually tearing Spidey apart but then I quickly realized it was just his costume.

I love how his hood puts his mask in shadow and you can only see those glowing red eyes. It's a foreboding-type of cover, one that definitely makes you wonder who the character is that's committing such a threatening act towards our favorite web spinning hero. 

Once again, you can tell the difference between how a torn costume is rendered by John Romita Jr. and Todd McFarlane. This is another foreboding or threatening cover that has remained one of my favorites for years.






G.I. COMBAT #114



For those who have read this site for a long time by now will know that there's an amount of absurdity that I'm attracted to if it's done right. I mean, I have talked about The Punisher #1 cover from the 1st on-going series a few times and how I was so bedazzled by it that I had to get that comic.

Yes, we will get to that cover in another part. I just didn't want to get to it so soon since I've mentioned Punisher plenty of times on here prior.

Well, here's another example of how I love the absurd from time to time. I mean, hell, let's face it now: People in costumes running around with super powers in itself is already absurd. 

Maybe absurd isn't exactly the best word to describe it, and, perhaps, fantastical is a better alternative. Maybe the "absurd fantastical", perhaps?

But this cover is just another beautiful example of how comic books exaggerate the fantastical nearly seamlessly - The Haunted Tank smashing into a German Ju 87 mid-air! Sure, the concept would most likely impress most kids or maybe most pre-teens, but there is more going on in the actual piece itself for me

Despite the clear bravado of the main action to this cover, the colors and composition of this artwork is just as amazing. I love how the tank is blacked-out and contrasts with the yellow color of the plane.

The fuschia also makes the yellow color of the Ju 87 stand out, while seemingly screaming out the impact depicted in this scene at the same time. No sound effect text but merely design and color, and you get a more visceral sense of how these two instruments of death collide.

I am not big on war comics at all, but I do love the Haunted Tank covers in G.I. Combat. Issue #114 has the origin of the Haunted Tank, but it's also my favorite Haunted Tank comic cover, maybe even my all-time favorite war comic cover.

It is done by comic legend Russ Heath. He lives in So. Cal the last I heard so if he is ever at a comic con, I'd definitely find his booth to say hi and get some comics signed as he is 90 years old now.

His comic artwork was used by Roy Lichtenstein. A while back, I did mention some war comic covers/panels that Roy Lichtenstein used in his famous "adaptations" and was not very kind in my view of the "Fine Artist". 

Here is how Russ Heath voiced his opinion on the matter in this short comic strip he drew and exactly why I still don't care for Lichtenstein's famous "pop art" works.


That story and art was created by Russ Heath himself a few years ago, and, yes, I did want to shed light on the Hero Initiative. There is a reason why Russ Heath is considered a legend.










FAUST #4

When it came to gory comics that pushed the envelope of taste during the Copper Age of comics, Faust was the first comic series that introduced me to the genre. My brother got more into the "mature" or "explicit" comics like Cry for Dawn and this one here.

When it came to Faust, I was pretty much a fan of Tim Vigil's art. Being a Wolverine fan, what I liked about Faust was the violence went where most Wolvie fans hoped his claws would hack 'n slash their way to but never did. I mean, once Wolvie cut loose on a fool, it would always wind up being some robot or cyborg or something.

With Faust? His claws clearly slashed through flesh. This cover? Wow, did I geek out on this sucker for a good spell and even drew it once.

I had followed the series since issue #1 because my brother grabbed them whenever I bugged him to take me to the local. Yes, I did geek out on the cover to issue #1 back in the day, but this one was just rendered beautifully. 

The main character looks sadistic as all hell and frightening, definitely someone you would not want to cross paths with anytime of day. Actually, his sinister shit-eating grin there always gave me the impression that the viewer glanced at him just right before he was about to take a bite out of Sloppy Joe there.

Mind you that during this time slasher flicks like A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th were immensely popular. Still a fan of Tim Vigil and think he's still a hugely under-rated comic artist.

Next time I see him, I may inquire about some Faust original art. Hell, if he still has this cover and I have the dough, I may sacrifice a whole year of collecting comics for that.

Beautifully done with just the right amount of sickness, this cover has remained my favorite cover concerning horror/gore comics.





CAPTAIN AMERICA #332


When it comes to the whole "Cap No More" plot, this is definitely not the first time Steve Rogers has walked away from the uniform and shield in comics. Yes, like Jean Grey returning from a Phoenix tragedy, these type of plots just keep getting recycled and regurgitated for a new audience or generation.

For me, this was the "Cap No More" story during my generation, and it was this cover that introduced me to Captain America and got me into the character for a spell. No joke and the initial cover of the design appealed to me.

Besides Captain America looking pretty much defeated, having the red stripes bleed down the wall like that does make a statement. On top of that, put a saddened face of President Lincoln on the cover to emphasize the concern, and you know this cover is brimming with some sort of dissent.

At least, that's what I got from it and the cover immediately grabbed my attention as a young lad. I got the issue and became a fan of this Mark Gruenwald story arc.

I'm still confused by Steve Roger's reason of quitting. So, in the story, the Reagan administration call upon Captain America to directly work for the U.S. government.

Well, to be more specific, answer directly to it like Freedom Force. After thinking about the commission's proposal and talking to a few friends, Rodger's comes to the conclusion that he represents the American dream or ideal, not solely the government. 

He steps down and John Walker accepts the position of being Captain America. The drama is off for this favorite Cap story of mine, which explains that the man behind the symbol is every bit as important, if not more important, than the symbol itself.

I loved this story arc, and I do hope they somehow work it into a Cap flick someday. Cover is done by Mick Zeck and Klaus Janson so no surprise as to why this is one of my favorite comic covers.






ALIENS #1

Okay, I'm an Alien and Aliens fan. Anything past that I could care less about. 

I'm not a huge fan, but I am a fan. Fan enough to when I first saw this comic at my local, I had to have it.

There are a lot of really beautiful Alien covers afterward, but this has remained my favorite. Why? Well, it's not so in your face like the other covers that followed.

Not that they aren't beautiful like what Den Beauvais did. Those are amazing and still wow me.

It's that this cover actually captured what made the Xenomorphs great to begin with - They weren't front and center and so visible. They actually blended into the environment, and on screen, seemed to come out of nowhere.

"They're coming outta the walls! They're coming outta the goddamn walls!"

In short, there is that tension in this cover that both Alien and Aliens captured on silver screen so well. You mainly saw bits and pieces of them or in dark shadow.

This cover greatly reminds me of one of my favorite scenes in Aliens where they all make that last stand in front of medical and Hudson is reading his tracker as a horde of Xenomorphs are closing in on them.

"8 meters. 7, 6..."

"They can't be. That's inside the room."

"It's reading right, man! Look!"

"Well then you're not reading it right!"

"5 meters, man! What the hell?!"

So many great scenes in Aliens and I loved that particular scene. Mostly black cover makes sense to conceal most of the Alien.

No surprise that I would love this cover. Once again, another foreboding cover and we can all imagine that impending doom is inevitable for those Colonel Marines. 

However, deep down, I do hope for a better outcome when I still gawk at this cover by Mark Nelson.


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Once again, there's a lot of comic covers that are my favorites. This is just a taste and most of these in Part 1 are covers from comics that I did grow up with, except for the Adam Hughes' Catwoman #51 and Russ Heath's G.I. Combat #114.

Before, it was suggested that I do my Top 10 favorite comic covers, but I don't like doing Top lists of anything based on biased subjectivity. Usually, peeps just like them when the list agrees with their sensibilities but like to slam them when they're absent of it.

I mean, I can hear you thinking after reading Part 1: Whoa, no Kirby or Steve Ditko Spider-Man? X-Men, Wolverine, Punisher, Green Lantern? I thought those were your favorites?

Didn't want to go with the obvious just yet. Trust me, those will be in there sooner or later. 

Part 2 is in the works, but until then, what are some of your favorite comic covers?



Friday, September 15, 2017

Marvel Canadian Newsstand Key Comics & More Part D-F


We are back with Part D and E to these Canadian Newsstands from the good ole 80s, and some refer to them as Canadian price variants. Despite the title stating "key comics", there will be some minor keys and some issues that aren't even considered keys. I will try to limit those as much as possible.

If you missed Part B & C click the link for a quick detour. If not, let's get to it since I haven't posted much recently.






DAREDEVIL CANADIAN NEWSSTAND 1S APPEARANCES & KEY COMICS




Daredevil #179
Death of Elektra
Daredevil #187
New Black Widow costume
1st Chaste (in shadow)
Daredevil #189 
Death of Stick






Daredevil #188
1st full Chaste
1st full Stone, Shaft & Claw







Daredevil #190
Return of Elektra/resurrection of
Daredevil #191
Classic Russian Roulette story
Daredevil #196 
1st  Lord Dark Wind (Kenji Oyama)





Daredevil #197
1st Yuriko Oyama
Daredevil #198
Bullseye gets Adamantium bones
Daredevil #202
1st appearance Micah Synn





Daredevil #203
1st appearance the Trump
Daredevil #204
1st appearance Crossbow
Daredevil #205
1st Gael (IRA)







Daredevil #227
Begins classic Born Again story arc
Daredevil #229
1st Maggie Murdock
Origin new facts
Daredevil #230
1st full appearance of Maggie Murdock




Daredevil #232
1st Nuke
Daredevil #233
Origin of Nuke




As far as I am aware, Daredevil Canadian Newsstands ran from #187-233, and I am not sure if there are any Daredevil annuls. If so, lemme know.





DAZZLER CANADIAN NEWSSTAND 1ST APPEARANCES & KEY COMICS






Dazzler #20
1st Dr. Sax & Johnny Guitar
Barbara London revealed as mom
Dazzler #21
1st appearance of Lois London & Nick Brown in flashback
Dazzler 22
Cameo of Lois London & 1st meeting between her and Dazzler


Alright, when it comes to Dazzler "key comics", is there really that many if at all except for issue #1 perhaps? Sure, this series debuted a bunch of very minor characters and even villains, and I surely wouldn't say they're anything major in the least.

However, there are a few to be aware of concerning Alison Blaire as a character with her own mythos. Issue #20 and #21 introduces Alison Blaire's half sister Lois London, who would become the super villain Mortis later on, but more important is the fact that issue #21 sees an expanding origin for Alison Blaire that explains her past family life.

So in issue #21, we also see Nick Brown in flashback and is the father of Lois London and the guy who eventually seduced Alison's mother, Katherine, away from Dazzler's real father, Carter Blaire. Nick Brown is shown as highly abusive in flashback.

Alright, Lois London is shown in flashback in the story to issue #21 and first debuts as a child in 5 panels on one page. She would then make a 2 panel cameo in the present timeline of the story in issue #22 at the very last page and then fully appear in issue #23. 

Issue #20 sees Lois London and Nick Brown in photos only, but that comic reveals that Katherine Blaire a.k.a Barbara London is Dazzler's mother. I think Dazzler's mom as Barbara London first appeared in Dazzler #19, but was shown in a photo in Dazzler #1 of the comic series.




Dazzler #23
1st Flame
Dazzler #27
Bill Sienkiewicz covers begin
Dazzler #33
Michael Jackson's Thriller swipe



Anyone growing up during this time remembers that Michael Jackson's Thriller album was huge. Not mention that Michael Jackson came out with one of the most remembered and influential music videos of all time for the song Thriller.

Even though I was beginning down the road of rock and metal fandom, I still have an enormous amount of respect for Michael Jackson to this day simply because of that album and music video. The Dazzler #33 cover homage or swipe is comic's way of capturing how huge that album and video was.

The Thriller music video was released December 2nd, 1983 and Dazzler #33 has the cover date of August, 1984 so the comic probably hit the stands in June.





Dazzler #38
1st iconic 80s costume
Dazzler #40
1st Outriders
Dazzler #42
Last iss. 80s run



Remember Dazzler's classic blue costume, the one that most fans remembered her wearing during the 80s and part of the 90s, the blue costume with the gold star on her left chest? Well, her showing off her new threads seems to have happened in Dazzler #38, and the issue also guest stars Wolverine and Colossus.

I normally don't consider last issues as keys, and I still don't consider this one a key either. Some are interested in last issues because it's widely believed that they had lower print runs. I just put that there for the hell of it. 

As far as I know, Dazzler Canadian Newsstand Editions or Price Variants during the 80s started with issue #20 and continued until the series was cancelled with issue #42.





THE DEFENDERS CANADIAN NEWSSTAND 1ST APPEARANCES & KEY COMICS


 

Defenders #112
1st Moonglow (Arcanna)
1st Power Princess
1st Nuke (Albert Gaines)
Defenders #115
Overmind joins


Defenders #122
Son of Satan leaves
Hellcat leaves
1st Sassafras




Defenders #123
1st Cloud & Seraph
Defenders #125
Intro New Defenders
Defenders #130
Cloud joins team





Defenders #133
1st Manslaughter
Defenders #134
1st full Manslaughter
Defenders #138
Candy Southern joins





Defenders #143
1st Runner
1st Andromeda
Defenders #147
1st Interloper

Defenders #150
Origin Cloud




Canadian Newsstands for The Defenders comics during the 80s ran from issue #112 to issue #151. I am not sure if there were any Annuals.




DR. STRANGE VOLUME 2 CANADIAN NEWSSTAND 1ST APPEARANCES & KEY COMICS


 


Dr. Strange #59
1st Darkholders
Full re-intro Hannibal King
Dr. Strange #61
Origin Darkholders 
Origin Vampires
Dr. Strange #62
Death of Dracula
Death of Lilith



Okay, concerning Doctor Strange #59 of the volume 2 series, that issue is the full re-intro of Hannibal King. The character may have been last seen in comics in Tomb of Dracula #53 back in 1977.

Doctor Strange Canadian Newsstand variants ran from issue #55 to #81 as far as I know.




When it comes to the letter "E", there's the Ewok comic series. I think the cover price for Canadian variants concerning the Ewok #1-5 limited series all had 75 cent prices. U.S. regular price was 65 cents, I think.




FANTASTIC FOUR CANADIAN NEWSSTAND 1ST APPEARANCES & KEY COMIC




Fantastic Four #247
1st Kristoff Vernard
Fantastic Four #254
1st John Byrne She-Hulk
Fantastic Four #260
1st Norman McArthur





Fantastic Four #265
She-Hulk joins FF
Fantastic Four #269
1st Terminus
Fantastic Four #272
1st Nathanial Richards




Fantastic Four #273
1st full Nathanial Richards
Origin of Warlord
Fantastic Four #286
Return of Jean Grey
Origin Phoenix Force





Once again, Fantastic Four #286 is noted by OPG as the 2nd appearance of X-Factor when the only sight of an X-Men besides Jean Grey is seen in flashback. This issue and the real debut of X-Factor was mentioned and explained in detail in the first post of this Marvel Canadian Newsstand variant series in the A Section.

Just click that link above in case you missed the first post or want to know why the real 1st appearance of X-Factor is actually in X-Factor #1 and not in the issues that they are currently labeled and noted as by Overstreet or possibly the grading companies. 

For the completionist and to my knowledge, 80s Canadian Newsstand variants for Fantastic Four comics began with issue #247 through #293. The Annuals ran from #17-19, and #19 had a $1.50 cover price.




THE FALCON CANADIAN NEWSSTAND 1ST APPEARANCES & KEY COMIC



Falcon #1
1st Sgt. Tork
Falcon #2
1st Terminus
Falcon #3
1st Nathanial Richards




Falcon #4





Wow, can we say an over-looked comic book series for a comic character that has recently gotten a lot of love on the big screen. Never mind the very first self-titled comic series starring Sam Wilson as the Falcon?

Well, it is what it is and this was a four issue limited series. I seriously doubt if this series was over-printed back in 1983, but just my assumption.

So who is Sgt. Tork? Well, he helped out the Falcon and Cap take some street gangs. He also was a character that was involved in the Sin-Eater stories in Spectacular Spider-Man.

If you got any suggestions or think something should be added here concerning Marvel Canadian newsstand variants from the 80s, chime in the comments section. There is the comic series The Further Adventure of Indiana Jones that had Canadian Newsstands from issue #1-33.

I dunno about that, but just letting you know. With all the storms popping up, I hope you and yours are okay and doing well.